Geotechnical Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. Final cash compensation to Geotechnical Engineers varies from around $47K to approximately $91K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $4K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Geotechnical Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,475 - $88,457
$47K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,750
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$17.00 - $42.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,475 - $88,457  
   
Bonus
$29.09 - $7,259  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,152  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,359 - $90,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $42.62  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $46.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$29.09 - $7,259  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,152  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,359 - $90,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Golder Associates Incorporated, CH2M Hill, Terracon Consultants, Inc., and Professional Service Industries, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Geotechnical Engineers. Geotechnical Engineers in search of the best pay head to CH2M Hill, where the median salary rolls in at $78K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $99K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $68K. Soaring salaries can also be found at URS Corporation Inc., Geodesign, Inc., and Terracon, where earnings of $66K, $66K, or $61K are standard for Geotechnical Engineers.

Employees at Golder Associates Incorporated, Terracon Consultants, Inc., and Terracon can also expect below-average earnings of $59K, $60K, and $61K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey results imply that Geotechnical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Construction Site Inspection, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Geotechnical Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Geotechnical Engineers see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,045

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Geotechnical Engineers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+8 percent), Washington (+7 percent), Portland (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Geotechnical Engineers in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in St. Louis and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Geotechnical Engineer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$65,000

Construction Site Inspection
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Project
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AutoDesk
up arrow 10%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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